Meaning of “beat the (living) daylights out of sb” in the English Dictionary

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"beat the (living) daylights out of sb" in British English

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beat the (living) daylights out of sb

informal UK also knock the living daylights out of sb

to hit someone very hard, many times:

I'll beat the living daylights out of him if he says that again!

(Definition of “beat the (living) daylights out of sb” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)